Amazon River Holiday Cruise – 4 Days

Peru Lifestyle Tour from $6156 NZD
4 Days
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • Best time to travel: June - November
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Amazon Cruise

Sail the waters of the mighty Amazon with this Amazon River holiday. Spend 3 nights on board a luxurious boat while you sail deep into Peru’s Amazon wilderness.

Daily water-based excursions on comfortable launch boats and skiffs allow guests to experience such wonders as pink dolphins, the world’s largest aquatic water lillies, and a chance to meet the people who live along the river. One of the best Amazon river holiday tours.

Our expert guides provide rich narrative detail about life along the Amazon River. Explore the remote Pacaya Samiria Reserve and the headwaters of the river, and learn about the life and folklore of the area. You will explore the small inlets and various winding river systems that make up the flooded forest. Pacaya Samiria Reserve, located on the headwaters of the Amazon basin, spans more than five million acres. Twice the size of Yellowstone Park, it teems with wildlife and aquatic life. This Amazon holiday offer you luxury and wilderness all in one trip.

Iquitos to Iquitos

Iquitos
  • Lifestyle
  • Grade
  • Single suite surcharge +25%
  • 4 and 7 day itineraries also available
  • This tour is invoiced in USD
  • Low water season itinerary is displayed
  • All departures are guaranteed
  • You MUST check availability before booking
The ARIA AMAZON or AQUA NERA is your floating hotel for 3 nights. Its 16 luxury guest suites measure a generous 23 square metres and feature large, outward facing panoramic windows, en suite and sitting areas. All suites are air conditioned and four are interconnected to cater to families. Guests can socialise in the dining room, bar on the observation deck and in the outdoor lounge. You'll be served by a crew of 26 including a cruise director, paramedic and three skilled naturalist guides. Travelers can book three-, four-, or seven-night journeys. All departures are guaranteed. This trip operates year-round, and every voyage is uniquely appealing based on the changing season. During the high water season the river and estuaries grow, allowing launch boats to venture deeper into the flooded forest. During the low water season (June to November), the river recedes and beautiful sandy beaches form. The itinerary displayed is the low season itinerary. Explorers aboard the Aqua Amazon will enjoy a menu of fresh, delicious world-renowned Peruvian fare, whether served on board or on an adventure. Dinner each evening promised to be a culinary feast for the senses, paired with select wines from South America.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival Day: Iquitos - Nauta (Embarkation) - Marañon

We will meet at Iquitos International Airport then journey together by air-conditioned vehicle through the Peruvian countryside to arrive at our Nauta Lounge in time for lunch, or we will serve a box lunch en route depending on the flight arrival time. In the afternoon, we will set off on your first skiff excursion along the Marañon River. At 6:00 pm, we will board the ARIA AMAZON. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to our naturalist guides, we gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by our Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top-ranked dining experiences.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2

Yanayacu Pucate River - Marañon River

We commence today’s adventures near the main entrance of Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, cruising along Yanayacu Pucate in the comfort of our state-of-the-art skiffs. Kayak, canoe and swim in these unspoiled black waters, keeping eyes peeled for the Amazon’s legendary pink dolphins. In the afternoon, we will visit a remote village along the Marañon River to learn about traditional customs. Focus our hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3

Samiria River - Nauta Caño or PNA (Amazonian Natural Park)

We set off by skiffs for an excursion along the Samiria River with optional fishing. Listen carefully to our after-lunch flora and fauna lecture, then venture out for a singularly thrilling jungle walk across the high Amazon rainforest. On our return in the evening, enjoy the jungle symphony and extraordinary stargazing on local boats along the “Enchanted Lake”. This evening before dinner, we will gather to introduce you to some of the crew members whom you may not have met, working “behind the scenes” to ensure your countless exceptional experiences aboard the ARIA AMAZON.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4

Nauta Town - Manatee Rescur Centre - Transfer to Airport

This morning, we will visit the local fresh market with your guides who can identify the day’s catch by the fishermen of Amazonia and the region’s exotic fruits. Return to the ARIA for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, we visit the Manatee Rescue Center, a kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees to rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. We will also visit San Juan craft market on route to the airport. Lunch or box lunch will be provided, depending on the exact departure flight time, which may vary. Other local activities may be included as well, according to our recommended flight schedule.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation: 3 nights onboard ARIA AMAZON
  • All meals while onboard
  • Beverages (non-alcoholic, selected premium wines and national beer)
  • Transfers to / from vessel
  • All daily excursions from the vessel
  • Pacaya Samiria entrance fee
  • All excursions

Tour Excludes:

  • International and/or domestic flights and airport taxes
  • Passport and travel visa requirements (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips to guide(s) and support crew
  • Boutique purchases